Another Tragic Loss 13-year old Asher Brown Commits Suicide After Years Of Bullying

13 year old Asher Brown was “bullied to death” — picked on for his small size, his religion and because he did not wear designer clothes and shoes. Kids also accused him of being gay, some of them performing mock gay acts on him in his physical education class.  This had gone on for years, and last Thursday Asher couldn’t take it any more and took his own life by shooting himself in the head.  On the morning of his death, the teen told his stepfather he was gay, but Truong said he was fine with the disclosure. “We didn’t condemn,” he said

Asher’s parents, David and Amy Truong  said they had complained about the bullying to Hamilton Middle School officials during the past 18 months, they made several visits to the school to complain about the harassment, and Amy Truong said she made numerous phone calls to the school that were never returned. but claimed their concerns fell on deaf ears  And now they want justice.

Asher’s school, The Hamilton Middle School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Texas (Not shocking it happened in Texas is it?) claim that they never received any complaints from Brown’s parents before the suicide about the way the boy was being treated at school.

“That’s absolutely inaccurate — it’s completely false,” Amy Truong said. “I did not hallucinate phone calls to counselors and assistant principals. We have no reason to make this up. … It’s like they’re calling us liars.”  David Truong said, “We want justice. The people here need to be held responsible and to be stopped. It did happen. There are witnesses everywhere.

Numerous comments from parents and students on the Web site of KRIV-TV Channel 26, which also reported a story about Brown’s death, stated that the boy had been bullied by classmates for several years and claimed Cy-Fair ISD does nothing to stop such harassment.

To the bullies, Amy Troung says  “I hope you’re happy with what you’ve done. I hope you got what you wanted and you’re just real satisfied with yourself.”

This is HORRIBLE.  The poor little guy.  The bullies and the school MUST BE held accountable.  Here’s the contact information for the school.  And please feel free to be as angry as you want with them.  Here is the school’s contact information.

http://schools.cfisd.net/hamilton/profile_hamims.htm

Rest In Peace Asher.

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